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Here are some things to think about when it comes to sex and STDs.

We take risks every day. Being sexual with someone also carries risks — risk of rejection, of unwanted pregnancy, of contracting a sexually transmitted disease/infection (STD/STI).

GET CHECKED.

Here are some STDs and other things you should get checked for:

  • Chlamydia: Chlamydia is the most common sexually transmitted disease in the United States. As many as 1 in 4 men have no symptoms. Sexual partners must be treated to prevent passing the infection back and forth.
  • Gonorrhea: Gonorrhea occurs most often in people with multiple sexual partners, especially those between ages 19 and 25. The use of condoms protects against gonorrhea infection.
  • Syphilis: Syphilis is passed from person to person through direct contact with syphilis sores. Sores occur mainly on the external genitals, vagina, anus or in the rectum. They can also occur on the lips and in the mouth.
  • HIV: HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) is the virus that causes AIDS. The virus is passed from one person to another through blood-to-blood and sexual contact.
  • Testicular Cancer: This is one of the most common cancers in men younger than 40. It occurs when cells in the testicle divide abnormally and form a tumor. Testicular cancer can spread to other parts of the body, but if it’s detected early, the cure rate is excellent.
  • Inguinal Hernia: An inguinal hernia may look like a bulge or swelling in the groin area. It can be corrected with surgery.

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